Chattanooga Opens Series with Win

Chattanooga takes first game of the series against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos with a 5-3 win.

The Lookouts defense shined tonight as they allowed 14 hits but only allowed three runs.

The Lookouts were tied for the win up until the eighth inning when Chattanooga was able to bring in four runs and ultimately end the game.

"We fell on the fortunes of Pensacola walking two guys early in the inning," Manager Jody Reed said. "We've seen that before, but we're on the receiving end and it hurts and it's tough to recover. Put two guys on base like that and the game starts snowballing. We got the big hit from (C.J.) Retherford, double down the line to score two, and then we were able to squeeze one across there with that first and third steal."

Chattanooga put in four pitchers to take on the Blue Wahoos tonight, but only two stayed in for at least two innings.

Zach Lee started off the game for the Lookouts pitching and made it to the fifth inning. Lee was able to strike out five batters with his time on the mound. He only allowed one hit and one walk. The one run during his time on the mound was unearned.

The other up on the mound tonight was Ross Stripling. Stripling was only on the mound from the sixth inning to almost the end of the eighth. He retired three batters and allowed seven hits with one earned run.

"They did fantastic," Reed said. "I thought Zach threw the ball very well for five innings. Stripling's pitch count got up, but he battled. He got a little fatigued there in the third inning. I think the number of pitches started to wear on him. He played it until the run and we brought in Nelo to shut them out."

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